DE La Salle defeated Ateneo, 11-10, on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial ballpark in the final elimination round match before both teams face off for the UAAP Season 76 baseball title.
Andre Palacios scored a two-run double in the Green Archers’ six-run second inning before surviving a late charge by the Blue Eagles to close the elimination round with a 9-1 win-loss slate.
La Salle and Ateneo had secured the finals berths before Sunday's match.
The best-of-three finals begins at 12 p.m. on Friday at the Rizal Memorial ballpark.
The two archrivals will face off for the baseball crown for the very first time ever. The Archers and Eagles never met in the baseball title showdown even during their old NCAA days.
The Blue Eagles took second place at the end of the eliminations with a 7-3 record.
Kevin Ramos’ RBI capped off Ateneo’s three-run eighth to get to within a run. But La Salle reliever Miguel Olmos stranded one Ateneo runner in the ninth to save the win.